Chicago Housing Authority

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Chicago Housing Authority Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
Chicago Housing Authority – US – “Headquarters”

All Employees Current Employees Only

2.6 13 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

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Charles Woodyard

(4 ratings)

56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great Oppurtunity

    Human Resources Benefits Intern (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsYou got to interact with individuals from every department all the way up to the CEO. Gain very critical employment resources.

    ConsInterns should be placed where they can learn according to their field of study.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIn order for interns to gain skillful employment in their area of studies they should be placed within the department that best suit that field.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Work Culture and Climate Needs Improvement

    Resident Services (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    Pros- Stable job with benefits
    - Easily accessible location downtown
    - Paid Holidays off

    Cons- Has not given raises in over 3 years. Continue to provide false hopes and promises to employees.
    - Many disparities in salaries. For some, salaries are well below market level. For upper management, salaries often exceed $100,000.
    - Since it is a City of Chicago agency, salaries are available online for all employees.
    - The only people who get raises are those who play the political shuffle; whereas they "create positions" with high salaries and shift those who they like into those positions.
    - CHA does not have a formal employee annual review process
    - Overall low employee morale.
    - Company does not offer flex time. They expect you to "volunteer" for meetings and events but do not take rebalance time.
    - Cannot access vacation days until 6 months of employment.
    - Management can be overly picky at times about minor issues

    Advice to Senior Management- Work on employer & employee relations. Morale is very low and upper management does not greet employees regularly.
    - Create fair opportunities for employees to advance within the organization. Several times, jobs have been posted without a pay grade and clear qualifications.
    - Create check-ins in which employees are able to rate and evaluate management
    - Be more personable and flexible with employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Average

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proslocation is downtown and accessible

    ConsPay for some is fairly low compared to market

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider staff

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosthe money was amazing there

    Consthey were unorganized mean and weird there

    • Disapproves of CEO

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    Upper Management needs Leadership training.

    Analyst (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsThere is an open environment to learn many things as long as you know the right people.

    ConsDoes not promote from within often. Lots of politics attached to the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompany should invest in sending upper management through some leadership training a. Maybe it will help boost employee morale if upper management actually knew how to treat their employees.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A nice experience, and a very decent company

    Student Intern (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsLoose and friendly environment, Great location in the loop, work that changes peoples lives, Good pay, a nice first experience for a young person.

    ConsSome management are not on top their job, a lot of gossip and favoritism. There are a lot of petty people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more forthcoming with career opportunities

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Slow to change

    Procurement (Former Employee)

    ProsJob stability, lots of holidays off. This is a good place if you are just beginning your career or about to retire.

    ConsNo raises or advancement opportunities, hard work is not valued or recognized, Upper management has an air of superiority, organization is very top heavy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue hard work and dedication. Start handing out retirement packages to cull some of the dead weight

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was very rewarding and beneficial to both parties,

    Construction Coordinator (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsFinding solutions to multi family and senior housing issues..

    Consthe overwhelming complaints fo residents in the housing authority.

    Advice to Senior Managementto implement very thurough management strategies and training.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Your career with CHA will stall unless it's either an early career start or you're planning retirement.

    Analyst (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat people to work with overall, but some of the leaders I've worked with lack communication skills, conflict resolution skills, project management skills, and vision.

    ConsAt the end of 2-3 years, you won't be as competitive in the job market as your peers who were employed either by a private company or a traded company. Although you may advance in working knowledge of systems in financial, accounting, and IT, and receive awards for hard work, you will lack the senior level skills expected by hiring managers who look to increase company value and return in a competitive market. The risk of market salary decreasing unfortunately increases with each passing year. On a side note, the advanced in-house training courses offered are that of a beginner's courses offered elsewhere presents another reason why skills learned here don't meet market demand for required skills. Last note, it's difficult to advance vertically not because of the lack of qualifications, skills, and accomplishments required for higher positions, but because of who you don't know, political games, or having to wait for someone to retire. Advice: If you choose to work here, make sure you have an exit strategy plan within two years or plan to stay a long time for retirement to deal with the slow career progression rate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmbrace change instead of resisting it, learn to welcome industry's best practice for achieving business model objectives, and treat employees with respect and dignity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Affordable housing should be our #1 priority

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsCo-workers, Applicants and Residents. People who are really concerned about making a difference and not just getting a paycheck.

    ConsThey don't promote from within. Heavy Political Influence. No fringe Benefits. No Raises in the last two years and none expected. Lack of communication. Too many people in Management. Resources are not properly allocated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe fair and Professional. Listen to your best resource which is the people who work there. Reward your go workers not just the people you like or who have political connections.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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